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Capacity development

Capacity development on research and evidence is a key part of our contribution to Christian Aid and the wider sector. 

The research, evidence and learning team have developed and piloted our evidence for development professionals course - a practitioner-centred course exploring research and evidence in an INGO setting.

The course follows a ‘research cycle’ approach, enabling participants to think through the dynamics and key questions at each stage of a research cycle – from identifying a research question, designing research, implementing research, ethics and data management, to communicating research. 


In doing this we bring together staff working across the organisation (including programmes, global policy and communications staff, fundraisers, and those working with supporters in the UK and Ireland to share experiences and best practice around evidence from different vantage points).  

The course is delivered online, through weekly interactive seminars, enabling global participation – for example, in our current cohort participants are joining from Nairobi, Port-au-Prince, Sao Paulo, Glasgow and London.

We use simple, readily available online facilitation tools extensively - polls, mind-maps and quizzes - to collaborate remotely, stimulate discussion, and make the most of participants’ expertise.  

We combine elements of a university research methods course with an applied approach that draws on examples of practice from participants and the wider community of applied research. 

However, the focus is not narrowly on methods, but rather on building critical approaches to practice. 

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The aim is to introduce different ways of thinking about, generating and using evidence at Christian Aid.  We are also developing further capacity development initiatives and interventions; including UK academics and global civil society actors. 

Do get in touch if you would like to explore the opportunities available at